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Stark differences in resources and status can influence how people behave, both in the real world and in virtual ones.
That was the key premise of a great GDC 2018 talk from Untame Games' Julia Keren-Detar that dug deep into the psychology and influence of inequality in the Western world.
In the course of her presentation to fellow game devs, Keren-Detar explored how inequality within game systems can change the behavior of players, and how studying these changes can help devs better understand how players interact with inequality in game systems, so they can make better design decisions.
It was a fascinating exploration of a topic rarely touched on in modern game dev discussion, so take advantage of the fact that you can now watch Keren-Detar's talk completely free via the official GDC YouTube channel!
In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its accompanying YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.
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